Humanities

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships

ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research across the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. 

Boren Graduate Fellowship

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
Boren Graduate Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The fellowships support graduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

NAU Representative: Danielle Varnes, International Internship Coordinator
The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The scholarships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a full-year academic study.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Josephine De Kármán Fellowship

The Josephine De Karman Fellowship provides a $14,000 stipend to third-year undergraduate students and doctoral students in their final year of study. Applicants must be enrolled at institutions in the United States. Students who have manifested exceptional ability and serious purpose in any discipline are eligible to apply. Special consideration is given to students in humanities fields.

Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities

Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities scholarships cover 100% of university and college fees, and a grant for living costs for one-year and two-year full-time Master’s degrees and for three-year doctoral degrees at Oxford. Candidates can apply to start a new graduate course at Oxford in fields covered by the following faculties: Classics (including classical archaeology); English Language and Literature; Fine Art (except Studio Art), History (including history of art and the history of architecture); Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and their literature); Music; Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies, and the study of a wide range of languages); Philosophy; and Theology.

You must ensure you meet the requirements for entry to your course, including English language requirements. This scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other awards. Current graduate students are not eligible to apply.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed international study/research/creative projects or English Teaching Assistantships. Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent undergraduate alumni, or graduate students. There are also specialty grants in a variety of areas, such as a Fulbright mtvU Award in all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program: projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund offers graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine,engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  It also funds independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the US and publications focusing on Armenian studies, Armenian history and Armenian literature of the nineteenth century or earlier.

Phi Beta Kappa Society Fellowships

Phi Beta Kappa fosters continuing education through two foreign study fellowships. The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded annually to young women who wish to study Greek or French language and literature. The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship is awarded annually for six months of study in France.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Each year the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards sixty fellowships and forty Awards of Excellence to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.


Also see opportunities under Graduate Study in the UK, ArtsInternational Opportunities, andSocial Science/Public Service

Humanities Databases for Grants and Fellowships

Spin Search Database: sponsored by NAU Research

H-NET list:  Humanities and Social Sciences Online

Lewis and Clark: excellent list of humanities research awards

Duke University's database

Fellowship Search, from Cornell University

UCLA's database: graduate student and postdoctoral

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities: list of opportunities